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Fellows 2014-2015

The Italian Academy is pleased to announce the winners of the Fellowships for 2014-2015, selected through an open international competition. The jury is composed of dozens of senior scholars in many fields at Columbia and other leading universities.

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Elisabetta Benigni
Università di Torino
When The Prince travelled to Egypt: politics and ideology in 19th- and 20th- century Arabic translation of Machiavelli
(Spring 2015)

Francesca Bortoletti
University of Leeds
Literature and festivals in Renaissance Italy: a digital archive of texts and images
(Fall 2014)

William Caferro

Vanderbilt University
War, economy and culture in Italy, 1330–1450
(Spring 2015)

I am Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of medieval European history at Vanderbilt University. My primary field of study is economic history, with interest also in literature. I received my Ph.D from Yale University in 1992, where I primarily studied Greek and Latin patristics.

Rosanna Camerlingo
Università di Perugia
Machiavelli's reception on the theatrical and political scene of Elizabethan England: the role of Alberico Gentili
(Fall 2014)

Tiziano Colibazzi
Alexander Bodini Research Fellow in Developmental and Adolescent Psychiatry
Columbia University
Data fusion and data modeling: how Big Data can help us understand the development of illness in adolescents at ultra-high risk for psychosis
(Fall 2014)

Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also on faculty at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr Colibazzi's research focuses on understanding mechanisms that lead to the development of psychotic illness through the use of anatomical imaging, functional imaging (fMRI), DTI and resting state imaging. These imaging modalities are combined through a variety of multivariate methods with the goal of identifying biological predictors of psychosis.

Lorenzo D'Angelo

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Worlds upside down: religion and historical imagination in Sierra Leone's diamond mines
(Spring 2015)

Lorenzo D'Angelo received a Ph.D. in Human Sciences – curr. Anthropology of the Contemporary in 2011 at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Currently, he teaches Cultural Anthropology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. He carried out his first researches with undocumented migrants and asylum seekers. Since 2007, he has been conducting an historical and ethnographic research on the economic, cultural, ecological and religious aspects of diamond mining in Sierra Leone. His areas of interest include the anthropology of work, commodity chains analysis, and political ecology.

Elvira Di Bona

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; Università San Raffaele
The admissible content of auditory experience
(Fall 2014)

Elvira Di Bona obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at the Institut Jean Nicod – École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris and at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan in 2013. Her dissertation, co-tutored by Roberto Casati and Michele Di Francesco, was on auditory perception. During her Ph.D. course, she spent research periods at the New York University, as a Fulbright Scholar, and at the University of Sydney, as an ARIA (Association for Research between Italy and Australasia) Grantee. She got a violin diploma at the Conservatorio of L'Aquila and Terni, and completed the "High Specialization Course in Music Studies – Solo Violin Performance" at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome) in 2008. She is currently Research Affiliate at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research aims at developing a theory about the way in which, by audition, we perceive both objects' features (such as their texture or shape) and the space and time in which those objects are placed. In addition, she is working on a book on Frank Jackson's knowledge argument and on a project on aesthetics normativity sponsored by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has published articles on pitch, the auditory perception of causation and sound in peer-reviewed international journals. At the Italian Academy she will be working on the admissible contents of auditory experience, which has been recently funded also by the Fondazione Franco e Marilisa Caligara to be developed at the University of Turin, Italy.

Elena Esposito

Co-Sponsored by Columbia's INCITE (Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics)
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Ars Oblivionalis: Digital techniques of remembering and forgetting
(Fall 2014)

Elena Esposito teaches Sociology of Communication at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia (I). She published many works on the theory of social systems, media theory, memory theory and sociology of financial markets. Among them The Future of Futures. The Time of Money in Financing and Society, 2011; Die Fiktion der wahrscheinlichen Realität, 2007; Die Verbindlichkeit des Vorübergehenden. Paradoxien der Mode, 2004; Soziales Vergessen. Formen und Medien des Gedächtnisses der Gesellschaft, 2002.

Giorgio Ficara

Università di Torino
Compagnia di San Paolo / Italian Academy
Distinguished Visiting Professor

Leopardi and nature (Italian Department seminar)
(Fall 2014)

The Compagnia di San Paolo / Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor is in residence at the Academy while teaching a course within a Columbia department. This annual professorship is supported by a gift of $240,000 obtained from the Compagnia di San Paolo by the Italian Academy. See more.
Giorgio Ficara, third Distinguished Visiting Professor in this program, is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Turin and has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, UCLA, and the University of Chicago. He has taught at the Sorbonne and the Collège de France, Paris. Among his books: Solitudini. Studi sulla letteratura italiana dal Duecento al Novecento (Garzanti, 1993 – Premio Lerici 1994), Il punto di vista della Natura. Saggio su Leopardi (Il Melangolo, 1996 – runner-up Premio Viareggio 1997); Casanova e la malinconia (Einaudi, 1999); Stile Novecento (Marsilio, 2007). In 1984 he won the Borgia Prize, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He is co-Editor of Lettere italiane and is a regular contributor to La Stampa.

Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
Università del Piemonte Orientale
Cultural and religious diversity: social standards and the principle of equal respect
(Spring 2015)

Edward Goldberg

Independent Scholar
"L'ebreo": a newly discovered play by Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger
(Spring 2015)

For nearly forty years, I have been working in Italian—primarily Florentine—archives, investigating Medici art patronage and collecting, cultural relations between Tuscany and Spain, and (most recently) Florentine Jewish history. My publications include various articles and four books: "Patterns in Late Medici Art Patronage" (Princeton, 1983), "After Vasari: History, Art and Patronage in Late Medici Florence" (Princeton, 1988), "Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis" (Toronto, 2011) and "A Jew at the Medici Court: The Letters of Benedetto Blanis Hebreo, 1615-1621".

An art historian by training, I completed a Ph.D. at Oxford University, taught in the Fine Arts Department at Harvard University and founded the Medici Archive Project in Florence, which I directed for many years. My latest project focuses on Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger's newly discovered five-act comedy, "L'Ebreo / The Jew" (1613)—which I will be developing at the Italian Academy as both a scholarly publication and a performance piece.

Sarah Goler

Co-sponsored by Columbia's Center for Integrated Science and Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center Program
Columbia University
Using nanotechnology to explore and understand inks in ancient manuscripts
(Fall 2014 & Spring 2015)

I received an undergraduate degree in Applied Physics from Columbia University. During that time I worked in an optics lab studying the properties of graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice, with Raman spectroscopy. I went on to explore the interaction of hydrogen on graphene for hydrogen storage during my PhD studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. Currently, I am at Columbia University as a postdoc using mirco-Raman spectroscopy to study the pigments of ancient manuscripts. The goal is to understand the evolution of black ink in antiquity and hopefully develop a new non-destructive technique for determining the age of these documents.

Stefano Lorenzetti
Conservatorio "Arrigo Pedrollo" di Musica di Vicenza
"Nata per morire": musical memory and memory of music in early modern Europe
(Spring 2015)

Anna Loretoni
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
The Italian contribution to the European integration process: from the critique of sovereignty to the concept of civilian power
(Spring 2015)

Daniele F. Maras

Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia
Greek myths in cross-cultural translation: the case of Etruria
(Fall 2014 & Spring 2015)

I received a PhD in Archaeology (Etruscan Studies) at the University of Rome «La Sapienza» in 2002, and taught Etruscan and Italic Epigraphy in the same university from 2006 to 2010, and later as a member of the Board of Teachers for the PhD in Linguistic History of Ancient Mediterranean at the IULM University of Milan. I am currently a socio corrispondente of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia, a member of the Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni, and a Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar Fellow at the University of Cincinnati (Summer 2014). My research interests lie in the entire field of the history and culture of pre-Roman Italy, with special regard to issues of identity, culture-exchange and Greek and Roman acculturation. In particular, my project at the Italian academy focuses on ancient religion and mythology and in the changing cross-cultural relationships among them, seeking evidence of the agency of the Etruscan craftsmen and their patrons in the process of selection and adaptation of Greek myths into their own figural artistic representations. In this field, along with a steady series of articles and papers in journals and edited volumes, I am author of the volume "Il dono votivo. Gli dei e il sacro nelle iscrizioni etrusche di culto" (2009), and recently contributed to international books, such as "The Etruscan World" edited by J. Turfa (2013, with a chapter on the religious value of numbers and divisions in Etruria), "Handbook of Etruscology" edited by A. Naso (forthcoming, with a chapter on the Etruscan religion), and "The Role of Animals in ancient Myth and Religion", edited by G. Casadio, A. Mastrocinque & P. Johnston (forthcoming, with a contribution on birds in Etruscan and Roman divination).

Barbara Naddeo

CUNY: The City College and Graduate Center
From arcana imperii to statistics: political information and science in the age of enlightenment
(Fall 2014)

Eleonora Pistis

Worcester College, Oxford University
"Le cose lontane, vicine": early eighteenth-century Europe and non-European architecture (1695–1725)
(Spring 2015)

I hold higher degrees in both architecture and architectural history from the University IUAV in Venice, where I received a Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urbanism in 2011. I am currently (2011-2014) Scott Opler Research Fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where I am completing a book on the British architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736) and eighteenth-century Oxford. In the past ten years my research and publications have spanned European architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries with a focus on Italy, France, and Britain. I am particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and antiquarian studies within the European Republic of Letters, architectural drawings, the history of art collecting, the libraries of artists, the spaces of public institutions, and European encounters with non-European art. My various projects have received the support of the Paul Mellon Centre in London, the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, the Samuel Kress Foundation, and the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome. The new research project which I will develop at the Academy aims to recreate the European architect's mental picture of non-European architecture at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The project deals with visual and textual printed sources available at the time, focusing in particular on travel literature.

Ilaria Porciani

Università di Bologna
Partitioned countries, museums, and communities: Istria 1884–2014
(Fall 2014)

Ilaria Porciani is professor of Modern and Contemporary History and the History of the Historiography at the Department of History,Cultures and Civilization of the University of Bologna.
She has published widely on the history of the historiography, on nationalism, on the history of the university and of education, often with a gender approach.
Her book La festa della nazione. Rappresentazione dello stato e spazi sociali nell'Italia unita (1996 – 2nd edition 1997) was awarded the Acqui storia prize for modern history.
She is a member of the board of the Journal of Modern European History; Passato e Presente; Nazioni e Regioni.
Among her publications: Atlas of European Historiography. The Making of a Profession 1800 – 2005. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2010 (co-edited with Lutz Rapahel), pp.264.
Setting the Standards. Institutions, networks and Communities in European Historiography. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2012 (co-edited with Jo Tollebeek), pp.456.
She is interested in public history, history museums, and in the political use of food.
She is presently working on Partitions, museums, and communities. Istria 1884-2014.

H. Darrel Rutkin

Friedrich-Alexander Universität
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, astrology and cultural memory: translating the disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem
(Fall 2014)

H. Darrel Rutkin is a Historian of Science specializing in the history of medieval, Renaissance and early modern astrology with a PhD from Indiana University. Recipient of prestigious pre- and post-doctoral fellowships—including a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at M.I.T. and in its current incarnation at the Huntington Library, NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and most recently at the Internationales Kolleg for Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung (IKGF) at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Nürnberg-Erlangen —I am hoping to land a permanent academic appointment soon! I have also contributed to the Cambridge History of Science and the Harvard Companion to the Classical Tradition. At the Italian Academy, I will work on my translation (the first into English) of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's Disputations against Divinatory Astrology for the I Tatti Renaissance Library.

Karin Schlapbach

University of Ottawa
Augustine, the Fall of Rome and Christian world alienation in Hannah Arendt
(Spring 2015)

I studied Classics and Italian literature in Basel, Berne and Bologna and received a doctorate in Classics from the University of Zurich. I am currently an associate professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa. My fields of interest include later ancient Greek and Roman literature and philosophy, intellectual history, and dance research. My project at the Italian Academy is part of ongoing research on the Christian transformation of the ancient concept of scholé / otium ('leisure') and on the modern reception of Augustine.

Marisa Spann
Columbia University
Aberrant brain development of attention and language circuits as early risk markers of autism
(Spring 2015)

Maria Ida Talamona
Università di Roma Tre
A synthesis of the arts: the artistic experiments of Le Corbusier and Costantino Nivola in New York and Amagansett 1946–1955
(Fall 2014)